Three years after a devastating fire that displaced 200 people in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood, the residents of 289 Grand Street have finally moved back into their apartments.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation (HPD) and Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) joined elected officials and members of the Chinatown community at a press conference on Thursday to recognize the building’s restoration.
“We’re here to celebrate because they’re able to go back to their home,” said AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui of the building’s tenants. “At the same time, it really took a lot of struggle to get back, because after the fire there was an attempt by the owner not to allow the tenants to move back in. There was a whole series of organizing and also a legal battle to get the tenants back in.”
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